Skin: Fair due to living in the city. Easily tans.
Body Type: Slender
Is stronger than she looks (i.e. able to take on some physical activities due to her adaptable nature).
Traits & Characteristics
Strengths and Weakness (depending on the situation)
Has written for several east coast magazine, newspapers and periodicals about life in San Francisco.
Can use (and is not afraid to) a derringer pistol (mainly for self-defence purposes).
Aliases / Nicknames
Current: San Francisco
Kith & Kin
Grandfather: Ishmael Thornton (deceased)
Uncle: John Caleb Thornton (deceased)
Cousin: Shade Thornton
Her parents (Robert and Isabelle) and siblings (older brother Joseph and younger brother Harvey) are still alive - they live and work in San Francisco.
Born to Robert and Isabelle Thornton in Philadelphia. She is the second of three children born to the couple. Her father was one of the younger sons of Ishmael Thornton and brother to John Caleb Thornton (Shade's father).
Her family moves to San Francisco. On the way west, they visit John Caleb and his family.
Marries George Carlton, a young and upcoming lawyer. The marriage is relatively happy, even though she is unsure if she really loves her husband.
George Carlton is killed in a riding accident and leaves Sarah a small inheritance. With the help and advice of friends, Sarah invests the money in real estate and other businesses. The result is a modest income to support herself and live comfortably.
1865 - 1875
Sarah continues to live in San Francisco and at some point reverts back to her maiden name by adding it to her surname, as she feels that being label as a widow is cumbersome (however, she still uses her married name when necessary). She also starts writing articles for eastern magazines and newspapers about life in San Francisco as a way to earn extra income.
Popular and socially active, she has rejected a number of proposals and doesn't see the point in marrying as she is self-sufficient.
After finding out about a prominent San Francisco family's secret, she is given the choice to leave San Francisco or be financially and socially ruined. It is also implied that her family would be affected or in danger if she chooses to remain.
After living for a while at Lost Lake Ranch, she moves to Kalispell to pursue her writing career and gets a job with the Kalispell Union
"Place is almost packed!" Phinn stated. "Marshal Guyer, may I present Miss Sarah Thornton-Carlton, my new reporter."
Sarah smiled, "Good evening, Marshall."
The last thirty minutes or so had been a bit of whirlwind. First, she was surprised at Mr. McVay's eagerness to hire her and then she was whisked off to here for her first assignment. There was also the fact that McVay kept referring to her as Miss, when in fact she was a missus. Later, when there was more time, she could briefly tell her new boss a little bit about her past. A lady never divulged much of her background, but it would be necessary in this case.
Looking around at the noisy crowd, she wondered what she could write about. Maybe she could leave the actual fight to McVay and write about the crowd. There seemed to be plenty of characters that would interest readers and those in the east. It seemed that this wouldn't be such a bad idea after all.
Sarah smiled. This was easier than she thought it was going to be. The fact that he seemed eager to have her work for him came as a surprise. She had half-expected the man to object or say something about a woman's place was in the home.
"Thank you, Mr. McVay for being open to my offer of work. I hope your faith in my abilities will be both rewarding to you and your readers."
She looked around the office for a moment, before going on, "I suppose we'd better work out the particulars in regards to my employment and what exactly would like me to write about."
Sarah stepped up to the counter, "Good morning, Mr. McVay. I don't know if remember me or not but my name is Sarah Thornton-Carlton."
She held her hand and as she waited for his response, she tried to work out what sort of man he was.
However, she didn't have much before she got a response. Not one to dilly-dally, she spoke again, "I don't know how to say this, so I'll just come right out...I was wondering if you have ever entertained the idea of hiring a woman as a reporter for your newspaper?"
Mature Content: No
With: Sarah Thornton-Carlton Location: Kalispell Union Office When: August 1876
Sarah looked at the front of the building where the Kalispell Union was located. She had made up her mind to try her luck here first. Well, to be honest, it was the only place to try, there were no other writing establishments in town.
Having decided to leave the Thornton ranch had been easy. She had lived there since her arrival in town at the end of last year and had taken on the job of looking after the children of her cousin Chance. Now, that Shade had found another governess for the children, it was time to leave. Income wasn't a problem as she still had her savings as well as a job writing articles for some eastern ladies' magazines but she felt the need to do something. A life of idle wasn't for her.
There was no clue on how the owner and editor of the newspaper would take her offer. She had meet him only a few times, but she was prepared to work for free if that was what it took to get a position.
Going up the front door, she opened it and walked in.
“Oh! You will not put these confidences in your article, I hope!” she cried, her flawless alabaster skin turning even paler than normal.
"No, I won't because I write stories about the things I see and sometimes things I see are more interesting than anything I can make up, especially today's incident."
Sarah paused, "I will probably use something like a pseudonym for you like, Daisy because you are fresh and beautiful as the flower of that name. So anything you say to me will be attributed to Daisy and no-one will know."
Hoping that would appease the young lady, Sarah looked around the room and saw that the cleaning up had already started. "I think we should leave so that Mr. Wentworth and his staff can make this place presentable again. I'm going to my room to start on this story, so that I can send it off before I leave tomorrow to go back home."
She held out her hand, "It was a pleasure to meet you Miss Orr."
"For most of the publications, I use my maiden name as I started writing for some San Francisco publications shortly before I was married. My current surname is a combination of both. I'm Sarah Thornton-Carlton."
As she waited for the girl to respond, Sarah quickly glanced at the room which was in disarray after the melee. Matt investigating the mess and she smiled. She liked him a lot and the more she got to know him, the more she liked him. It was too soon to think of marriage but the possibility was there. Whether or not she would take it was another question to be answered later on.
Turning her glance back to Anaesthesia, she smiled, "I must say that you have an unusual name. It is no doubt something befitting a unique young lady like yourself. Your parents must have great hopes for you."
“Madame, I hope you will permit me to ask a question, for I have ever dealt with you with the utmost candor! … Are you ... spying upon us?!” she asked, in no uncertain terms.
Sarah looked up at the young lady and smiled, "No, I'm not spying just taking down notes. What happened here today will make interesting reading for those in the east or in San Francisco. I make my some of my living writing for ladies journals."
A thought then struck her head that might appease the young lady. "My readers will be eager to know the name of the lady who was bold enough to stand up and defend Miss Steelgrave. Do I have your permission to print your name, Miss?"
Before Sarah could respond to the young lady, Leah spoke again. As she listened, Sarah began to sympathise with Miss Steelgrave. The woman was putting up a good fight despite the opposition. If she was given a chance to prove that she meant what she was saying, she might be able to get something done.
As to what Leah Steelgrave could do in the short period of time there was before the town council meeting was a conundrum. Maybe a solution could be found by talking to Leah after the meeting was over. She wanted to help Leah but what would her family and the town think. The Thorntons and the Steelgraves were supposed to be enemies but this could be an opportunity to prove that not all of the Thorntons had the Steelgraves and vice versa.
Sarah smiled reassuringly at Leah before taking her seat again and waiting to see what would happen next.
It took a lot of willpower on Sarah's part not to frown or roll her eyes at the young lady who was now standing up in front. She had seen a lot of women like her back in San Francisco who put on indignant airs and it was something that didn't impress her. While it was the true, that the young lady had a point, as far as Sarah was concerned there was no need to be so dramatic or be put out about what had just occurred.
The issue of Leah Steelgrave running a project to build a hospital and orphanage was a contentious one and there was always going to be the possibility of some sort of conflict but she hadn't expected it to be from her own innocent question. If Leah Steelgrave was insisting that her family name wasn't going to be associated with the project then it was logical that she would have to step aside to make it more plausible and more importantly for others to believe that she was not her father's daughter.
“Will none of you ladies, whom I know to be good and Christian souls, at least show me an example. An example of forbearance to old enemies in pursuit of charity and succour to the poor, sick and suffering, just as He did who was sent to save us all?” her big blue eyes were filling with glittering tears now. “Will not you come and at least examine Miss Leah’s plans? Will not you, Mrs Wigfall, who have already helped so many? Will not you Miss Jennings? Will not … this fair stranger, with intelligence and kindness in her eyes?”
Directing her attention back to the young lady who was now addressing her, she took a deep breath, "Yes, I agree with your summation that Miss Steelgrave's plans should be looked at in great detail before a decision is made. I am sure the town council is doing just that and I hope we all have the good sense to know that those men will endeavour to make sure that they have all the information they need to do so. Hence my question, which unfortunately now seems to have become an opportunity for certain ladies who are currently in the audience to disrupt this meeting."
Sarah had just taken her seat at the back when Leah was introduced. The buggy ride from Lost Lake had a lot longer than she had expected. For safety reasons, she had two hands accompany her and they were now probably over at the saloon enjoying themselves, which was more than she could say for herself. Having already met some of the ladies who were seated at the front, she wasn't exactly in a rush to socialise with them. The only reason she had come was to get more information about this project and to relay it back to the others at the ranch. There was another reason that she wanted to come today but that would have to wait for later.
As she listened to Leah, she felt sorry in a way for the battle she was facing. Knowing the full story of what went on between her family and the Steelgraves, Sarah was in two minds about the subject. Part of her wanted to support her family and part of didn't want to make any judgements without getting to know the story from the other side, which would be difficult under the circumstances.
At the end of the speech, Sarah could see Leah waiting for a response. There was one question that she felt needed to be asked. Ventures like this back in San Francisco usually had some sort of board or committee running them and she was yet to hear anything about this. All she knew was that Leah and the two doctors were the principle project stakeholders.
Not knowing how her question would be taken, Sarah took a deep breath and stood up. "Excuse me Miss Steelgrave, you said the Steelgrave name would not be any part of this project. Am I right in assuming that you will be handing over all control to an elected board or committee and stepping aside if your plan is approved by the town council?"
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